Social media has sounded off on President Trump’s use of the phrase “mission accomplished,” hours after the multilateral airstrikes on Syria.
Many issued reminders of the time former President George W. Bush famously made a similar remark about the Iraq War in 2003, only for it to continue on for years.
“Trump saying Mission Accomplished is strikingly similar to George W. Bush’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner on an aircraft carrier. We stayed in Iraq for a decade after that ‘Mission Accomplished,’” wrote one Twitter user. “Let’s pray we don’t see Trump wearing any fighter pilot gear anytime soon. SAD!”
And, in a similar vein, another person commented, in part, “97% of U.S. deaths in Iraq came after Bush announced ‘mission accomplished.’ Just saying.”
Meanwhile, someone else wrote, “Mission Accomplished??? Is there ANYONE in the White House with an understanding of history?”
However, another Twitter user defended the president’s choice of words by saying, “If anyone is comparing @realDonaldTrump to George W Bush for the phrase Mission Accomplished. You’re out of your minds. The mission was to send a message to Syria. Guess what !!! Mission Accomplished.”
These reactions on social media came after Trump tweeted Saturday morning, “A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!”
The Syrian airstrikes took place Friday night in retaliation for President Bashar al-Assad’s alleged chemical attack on his own people.